Oilers 4, Ducks 2

Ales Hemsky’s go-ahead goal was sweet redemption for the

Edmonton Oilers after they blew a two-goal lead following a bad

call by the officials that helped Anaheim get back into the


Bobby Ryan scored a power-play goal just 8 seconds after an

unjust delay-of-game penalty veteran referee Stephen Walkom called

against rookie Theo Peckham, and teammate Saku Koivu scored 22

seconds later to tie it.

But Hemsky scored with 6:31 left in the third period and Devan

Dubnyk made 19 of his 38 saves in the first, leading the Edmonton

to a 4-2 victory Sunday night and sending the Ducks to their fifth

straight loss after a six-game winning streak.

”Momentum swings all the time during games, and sometimes it’s

hard to come back from that,” defenseman Tom Gilbert said. ”Refs

make mistakes sometimes, and you’ve just got to work through it. We

came in here between the second and third periods and we just told

ourselves to continue what we were doing, keep pressing them, and

the puck was going to go in the net for us. And that’s how it

turned out.”

The Oilers, who blew a 3-0 lead in a 4-3 shootout loss to

Phoenix on Friday night, killed off Anaheim’s first four power

plays before getting burned on the next one.

Walkom sent Peckham to the penalty box with 3:35 left in the

second period, ruling that he had cleared the puck over the glass

in the Edmonton zone. But replays clearly showed that it went into

the crowd through a hole in the glass that photographers use to get

a clear shot.

”It’s like winning the lottery. You don’t think it’ll ever

happen to you,” Peckham said. ”It’s funny. I was skating around

in warmups and I was looking at one of those holes and I was

telling someone: `Hey, don’t pucks ever go through these holes?’

And sure enough, I got 2 minutes for delay of game – and I was

seeing red. I was sitting in the penalty box and thinking back to

the warmups. And after I calmed down, I thought it was pretty


Walkom even asked the photographer sitting there about it, but

wouldn’t reverse the call despite Peckham’s vehement protest.

”It is not a reviewable play. Our video review process doesn’t

allow us to do stuff like that,” said Bob Hall, NHL senior

officiating manager.

”What happened in real time on the ice was the puck went out of

play. The referee that was right in the corner didn’t see how it

left the ice. He went and conferred with two of the other officials

on the ice. They put the pieces of the puzzle together and they

came out with it was shot out – which we all know now in seeing it

on the replay that it was not the correct call.”

The Ducks capitalized with Ryan’s ninth goal after Dubnyk

stopped their first 29 shots on net. Ryan was standing 20 feet out

in the slot when he redirected rookie Cam Fowler’s wrist shot from

the left point over Dubnyk’s left shoulder. Koivu fed off the

momentum, converting Dan Sexton’s centering pass for his ninth of

the season after Jason Blake took the puck away from Gilbert behind

the net.

But Hemsky beat Jonas Hiller high to the stick side from close

range for his sixth goal after getting the puck in the right circle

from Dustin Penner and speeding past Anaheim defenseman Toni


Sam Gagne and Taylor Hall scored 1:41 apart in the second period

and Penner had two assists against his former team, helping

Edmonton win for only the third time in its last 17 games. Gilbert

was credited with an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left after

Anaheim’s Corey Perry made a pass from behind the Edmonton net that

went the length of the ice into his own net.

The frustrated Ducks have taken 90 shots on net in their last

two games and have two regulation losses to show for it.

”It doesn’t really matter how many you get on net. It matters

how many you get behind them,” Anaheim defenseman Andy Sutton

said. ”We have to focus on getting better traffic, some screens in

front and maybe some better shots, too.”

Dubnyk made his fourth start of the season and second in a row

in place of four-time All-Star Nikolai Khabibulin (groin). Dubnyk’s

other three starts resulted in overtime losses, two of them in


”It’s exciting for me,” Dubnyk said. ”You never want to see a

guy get injured, and we’re all hoping he comes back soon. But

that’s why you play so hard to be the number two goalie – so that

if something does happen, you’re the guy and not the one they call

up to be the backup. I worked as hard as I could to get to this

spot, and I’m just going to enjoy the chance to play.”

NOTES: Sutton was activated before the game and C Josh Green on

non-roster waivers. Sutton, a 12-year veteran who signed a two-year

contract with Anaheim as a free agent in August, had surgery on

Oct. 12 to repair a broken right thumb. The injury occurred during

a fight with former Duck Ruslan Salei in a season-opening loss at

Detroit. … Sexton also returned to the Ducks’ lineup for the

first time since Nov. 23, when he broke his nose blocking a shot by

Salei during the team’s second visit to Detroit. … Ducks star

Ryan Getzlaf’s brother, Chris, had eight catches for 109 yards and

a touchdown Sunday to help the Saskatchewan Roughriders advance to

the Grey Cup with a 29-16 victory over Calgary on Sunday.